When tomatoes are in season, they are abundant and plentiful. Which means salad can be a nightly side dish at the dinner table.
But simple lettuce and dressing can become boring, which is when I make a fresh Green salad with homemade Greek dressing.
First, the lettuce. I find a colorful mix of lettuce the best for visual appeal and taste. Spinach, romaine, and head lettuce are the perfect blend. A Spring mix goes well with this dressing too.
Next, the topping. Greek salads are not complete until there is a generous sprinkle of crumbled feta cheese and fresh olives. Sliced tomatoes and cucumbers bring juicy flavors, while the red onions provide a slight bite. Croutons and fresh mozzarella cheese are always a good idea, but not a requirement.
Lastly, the Greek dressing. I pour generous amounts of extra virgin olive oil and vinegar into the Vitamix Aer container. Select the vinegar of your choice; my favorite: red wine vinegar. Next, dump in your herbs and spices. Don’t forget the secret ingredient that adds a load of flavor: dijon mustard. If you don’t add mustard, you will notice a little something is missing. Whirl it in the blender for 30 seconds to completely emulsify the oil and vinegar together with the herbs.
Drizzle this dressing over your fresh salad and enjoy the Mediterranean flavors!
Greek Salad Dressing (in the Vitamix Aer)
- ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ½ cup vinegar balsamic, red wine, or white wine
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp oregano
- 2 tsp basil
- 1½ tsp pepper
- 1½ tsp salt
- 1½ tsp onion powder
- 1½ tsp dijon mustard
- Place all ingredients in the Vitamix Aer container.
- Run on medium for 30 seconds until all ingredients are combined.
Serve over a fresh Greek salad. Store extra in a jar in the fridge.